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    Council Tax exemptions on vacant new build property
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    • 21st May 09, 11:45 AM
    Council Tax exemptions on vacant new build property 21st May 09 at 11:45 AM
    Hi All

    I work for a small developer in the Leeds area and we are currently in the procecss of building out our development and therefore have a number of vacant new build properties, which we are currently marketting.

    Leeds City Council explained that we were eligible for a 6 month council tax exemption period on each property, however now this period has lapsed, we are now liable for the full 100% council tax on each unit.

    This equates to a significant sum of money each month, whilst we find buyers for each unit and this is likely to remain the case for several months.

    Does anyone have any experience within this field and would this be the case for all developers, as some of the larger ones such as Barratt etc must be paying several thousand each month on council tax on their vacant completed units, whilst they find buyers.

    Surely there must be some form of discount or exemption that would apply.......especially in these difficult times where it may take several months to sell the properties.

    Any advice would be much appreciated and if someone knows where the specific Government policy and guidance is on this matter, then that would also be useful.

    Thanks in advance
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